How many people have been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross?
There is no complete listing of recipients of the Distinguished Flying Cross, which was the earliest medal established for valor in aerial combat. This is the criteria for receiving the medal: Criteria: The Distinguished Flying Cross is awarded to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the Armed Forces of the United States, distinguishes himself by heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight. The performance of the act of heroism must be evidenced by voluntary action above and beyond the call of duty. The extraordinary achievement must have resulted in an accomplishment so exceptional and outstanding as to clearly set the individual apart from his comrades or from other persons in similar circumstances. Awards will be made only to recognize single acts of heroism or extraordinary achievement and will not be made in recognition of sustained operational activities against an armed enemy.
I know that there were only two recipients of the Distinguished Flying Cross (perhaps just for the U.S Air Force?) in the Vietnam War. One of them being my grandfather, Albert Edward Worth Sr. ... It was awarded to him for his heroism during Operation Linebacker II in 1972. He served as a U.S Air Force NCO tail-gunner of a B-52D Stratofortress.
In the US Air Force medals with higher precedence than the Distinguished Flying Cross are: Legion of Merit Defense Superior Service Medal Silver Star Medal Air Force Distinguished Service Medal Distinguished Service Cross Congressional Medal of Honor In the United Kingdom's Royal Air Force medals with higher precedence than the Distinguished Flying Cross are: Conspicuous Gallantry Cross Victoria Cross
The Air Force was then part of the Army, as the still-used theme song makes clear. Amelia was in neither service. She did receive the Distinguished Flying Cross for her services to aviation. As far as is known this was the first feminine award, and the first and only one to a Civilian airman- as it was later restricted to the military. Today there is both a Distinguished Flying Cross AND an Air Force Cross…
There were probably several actors who were awarded the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross during World War Two, but the most famous was James Stewart, who was awarded the decoration twice for bravery in aerial combat. Stewart, though initially relegated to flight instructor duties stateside, eventually persuaded his commanders to send him overseas, where he would fly B-24 bombers on raids into Nazi Germany. Stewart retired as a Brigadier General in the Air Force reserve; President…
The Distinguished Flying Cross was authorized by President Calvin Coolidge in 1926 (retroactive to 1918) aviation's pioneers. He gave the first DFC to Charles Lindbergh on 11 June 1927. For the DFC to be awarded for heroism, the act "must involve voluntary action in the face of danger and be well above the actions performed by others engaged in similar flight operations.